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Matt Palazzo


Height: 6'0
Position: Infield
Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa
School: Iowa Wesleyan

Team USA member since 2007
Attended Brookdale Community College and Pittsburgh
2x NJCAA Scholar Athlete of the Year
Earned All-Conference and All-Region Accolades and NCAA Academic All-American


2014 National Team Member
Played in the Pan American Games Qualifier
- Hit .292 (7-for-24) with two RBI and one run scored

2013 National Team Member
ISF Men's World Championship
 - hit .469 (15-for-32) with 13 RBI, six HR and 17 runs scored

2009 National Team Member
ISF Men's World Championship
 - hit .444 (12-for-27) with four HR, 11 RBI and nine runs scored

2007 National Team Member
ISF Men's World Cup in Prague
- hit .286, scored five runs and drove in two RBI

Parents: Kelli and Tony
Siblings: Shonna, Anthony and Chase
Spouse: Jocelyn
Children: Madelyn, Matthew and Jordan
Favorite sport besides softball: Baseball
What it means to represent the United States: It's a huge honor to put on the red, white and blue every game. I have been fortunate enough to be a captain on this team for several years and its always fun to see the new guys and the smile on their faces when they put on the stars and stripes for the first time.  Representing the USA as one of the premier athletes for men's softball is a memory that will last forever.
How did you get started in softball: After a college baseball career was cut short I was still looking to play ball at a high level. I had no idea I would like softball this much.  I would much rather play a fast pitch softball game vs a baseball game any day of the week and I am a huge baseball fan.


Three people I'd love to have dinner with: Derek Jeter, Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods
Three things I hate doing: Laundry, long bus rides and being bored
Three things I love doing: Playing golf, hanging with my family and teammates
Three favorite movies: Major League, Bull Durham Christmas Vacation
Three favorite TV Shows: Seinfeld, Breaking Bad, Saturday Night Live
Three favorite websites: ESPN, CNN The Chive

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